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Date: 04/29/2008    Written by: Jon Barron

Tremors, Ammonia Toxicity, and Low pH


I've had hand tremors for the last five years, but within 72 hours of taking your carnosine/acetyl-l-carnitine/dmae formula for the first time, the tremors completely stopped. Is that possible? Could this fomula do that? If so, how did it happen?


First let me explain that my carnosine/acetyl-l-carnitine/dmae formula was not designed as an anti tremor formula and is not sold to treat tremors -- or any other medical condition for that matter. It was designed to protect the body against the ravages of sugar and aldehydes in the bloodstream and to nutritionally extend the life of cells. And in that regard, it does a spectacular job. Nevertheless, over the years, I've had a number of people relate similar experiences to yours using variations of this formula. How can this be? There is an answer.

Interestingly enough, I answered this question some seven years ago for a previous incarnation of the formula that I created. Since that time, I have seen that answer appear almost word for word on numerous sites on the internet. (Ya gotta love the net.) With that in mind, here it is, once again.

As it turns out, one of the primary factors in the onset of tremors is ammonia toxicity. Thus decreasing ammonia levels in the body can slow down tremors.

Furthermore, ammonia increases the production of positively charged hydrogen molecules (also called protons) in the body. And it is this increase in hydrogen molecules that leads to lower pH, or increased acid levels in muscle tissue. I talk about this in some detail in "Lessons from the Miracle Doctors." So if you're interested, you can read the section in Chapter 13 on Blood pH and see how the foods you eat (specifically, meat, grains, and dairy) make your body more acid. Anyway, it's this accumulation of acid causing hydrogen molecules (resulting from increased ammonia levels) that is the primary factor in producing muscle fatigue. That means that neutralizing acid products such as ammonia can slow down muscle fatigue and reverse decreasing pH levels.

Now, how does that relate to tremors? The loss of muscle strength makes it more difficult to control muscle tissue, making the susceptibility to tremors greater. Decreasing ammonia levels in Parkinson's (or any tremor condition for that matter) will help maintain muscle strength longer -- thus holding off the tremors.

So how does supplementation with carnosine help? Well, carnosine, which is found in human skeletal muscle is the primary buffer for muscle tissue. In other words, carnosine prevents the build up of acid levels in muscle tissue thus prolonging the onset of fatigue and the concomitant loss of muscle control.

Think of it this way. The greater the fatigue, the less muscle control you have. The less muscle control you have, the less ability to contract and relax muscle you have. And it is the ability of your body to relax muscle tissue that gives it the ability to resist tremors. Thus supplementing with carnosine can help dramatically decrease tremors -- which in fact we are seeing.

Does that mean you have to have tremors to benefit from carnosine/acetyl-l-carnitine/dmae supplementation? Of course not! And in fact, as I said before, the formula is neither designed nor sold to treat any medical conditions. It is designed to slow down the ravages of aging in the body -- but provides a multitude of benefits beyond that.

For example, any athletes reading this are probably already asking themselves. "Well, if carnosine inhibits muscle fatigue, wouldn't it help work outs to be supplementing with a similar formula since it would allow me to work out longer without fatigue?" And the answer is yes. Supplementation with carnosine/acetyl-l-carnitine/dmae will significantly improve athletic workouts.

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    Submitted by elaine on
    May 26, 2008 - 12:39am

    Have involuntary muscle spasms, dystonia. Have tried just about everything with no results.
    Does ingestion of both carnosine/carnitine together negate the activity of each?
    What supplement might you recommend?

    Submitted by Andrea Birchwood on
    April 28, 2016 - 5:19pm
    lawrenceville , Georgia

    Head tremors can it be cured naturally

    Submitted by Jon Barron on
    May 26, 2008 - 7:49am

    For obivous legal reasons, we do not diagnose or prescribe on this site -- merely provide information. With that in mind, the blog entry above says as much as it can say. As for the carnosine/carnitine issue, whiy would you ask if they negate each other. I haven't seen anything on the net that would suggest that. In fact, if you read the report cited above on using the ingredients together, you would see that far from negating each other -- they reinforce each other.

    Submitted by Jon Barron on
    August 15, 2008 - 6:30am

    Carnosine is the primary buffer for muscle tissue. Therefore, increasing carnoine levels in your muscle tissue will help reduce ammonia levels in that tissue -- but not necessarily systemically in the blood and other body tissue. Then again, there are no studies that say it won't. It just hasn't been studied yet.

    Submitted by Jon Barron on
    August 27, 2008 - 3:45pm

    First, ammonia isn't "the" problem, it's just a contributing factor. That said, yes, arginine and ornithine can help, but not as much as L-carnosine. It's a bit like the difference between wearing a wool sweater and a down jacket on a cold day. The seater will help, but the down jacket will help a lot more.

    Submitted by kacey on
    August 12, 2008 - 11:58am

    Can this be used to lower a high ammonia level left in the body after severe hepetitis?

    Submitted by kara on
    March 2, 2009 - 4:31am

    Hi, great stuff on your blog. I have seen the pH diet do wonders for many people. Water Ionizers create a high pH water that have also has given so many people results when the root of the problem is addressed. Thanks for writing these informative blogs.

    Submitted by mary on
    August 27, 2008 - 3:14pm

    If ammonia is the problem then what about taking ornithine at night and arginine in the morning as suggested by Hulda Clark in her book The cure for all Diseases?

    Submitted by sachi on
    May 11, 2012 - 8:11am

    its not a comment but i need help,i have been suffering from thyriod problem for the past 30 years i use to have cold feet,severe palpitation 150times heart beat per minute,very tired,always agitated, very sensitive to loud noise or bangs, highly sensitive to caeffienated products, very shaky hands can't write my own name doctors gave me propanalol its a miserable drug made me so sick my eyes got buldging and made me even more tired and sleepy, and after that i used hawrthon berry and a combination of herbs it has help a lot i am quite ok now but my hand writing is bad really bad it makes me nervous and pain in my wrist and shaky i need help i have a million miles to walk my age is 58yrs male i am single i am not giving up never....................................

    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    May 14, 2012 - 12:06pm

    Hi Sachi,

    We have an entire health topic page on the thyriod, I would check it out:

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